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Re: Re:Peony


apparently. [very interesting how this list turned a degree sign, ascii alt+0176, into a zero.] they do have summer temps that reach 107-F in sacramento. i thought there was a good chance the plants fried; if they didn't, they are tougher than i would have guessed.


At 06:34 AM 12/12/02 -0500, you wrote:
They are incredibly long lived, arent they?
-Peg in Va.

----- Original Message -----
From: "jim singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2002 5:16 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re:Peony


> there are [or were] a few tree peonies planted on the capitol grounds. i
> think those 1070 august days beat them up pretty well. but still, they
> bloomed every year.
>
>
> At 11:20 PM 12/11/02 -0800, you wrote:
> >Theresa, I would love to know how your peony grows.  I've been thinking
of
> >getting one for some time but wondered how they would do here.
> >
> >Weather report says we're in for a real blow.  Expecting 6 to 10" of rain
over
> >the weekend.  Looks like El Nino is beginning to rear it's wet head.
> >
> >DF
> >
> >Theresa- yahoo wrote:
> >
> > > OK- thanks.  Apparently she plants these all in pots, so I hope she'll
just
> > > hand over the pots.  Then, I can plop the whole pots-worth of soil and
> > bulbs
> > > in the ground and see how they do.  Thanks for the info about tulips-
maybe
> > > I just lucked out at my old house, planting them is a cool spot
accidently-
> > > I'll plan a bit more this time around.  The dry part shouldn't be any
> > > problem here!  It will stop raining in March or April and then be done
> > until
> > > winter again.
> > >
> > > Theresa
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> > > Behalf Of Kitty Morrissy
> > > Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 7:55 PM
> > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > Subject: RE: [CHAT] chilling bulbs
> > >
> > > Theresa,
> > > I'd suggest trying a small test the first year your friend gives you
the
> > > used bulbs.  Don't put a lot of work into them until you have
experience to
> > > base it on.  And be sure your friend has allowed them to yellow.
People
> > > who throw bulbs out normally would not bother letting them die back
> > > naturally.
> > > I'm in a totally different climate from you so I'm just basing this on
> > > things I've read.  Not only do your bulbs need a chilling period, but
they
> > > also need an appropriate dormancy.  Tulip bulbs should not be allowed
to
> > > get too hot in the summer when they are dormant.  They don't like
being
> > > above 70 degrees for any length of time.  I don't know what your soil
temp
> > > 8 inches down is like in August.  They also like a dry dormancy.  Too
much
> > > moisture can do them in.  If I lift bulbs after they die back, say in
july,
> > > I place them on screens under the house where it is cool and dry until
> > > October, then replant or give away.
> > >
> > > > [Original Message]
> > > > From: Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com>
> > > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > > Date: 12/11/2002 8:26:44 PM
> > > > Subject: RE: [CHAT] chilling bulbs
> > > >
> > > > Hmmmm, interesting I know alot of people who chill their bulbs in
the
> > > > fridge- but these are also people who don't expect them to bloom but
one
> > > > year and then (gasp)toss them  In fact, I found out yesterday that
my
> > > > officemate does this every year.  I made her promise to give them to
me
> > > this
> > > > year after she's done watching them bloom!
> > > >
> > > > So,  I guess I'll plant them all somewhere or another- I can always
move
> > > > them again in spring after they die back I suppose.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks,
> > > > Theresa
> > > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> > > > Behalf Of Marge Talt
> > > > Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 10:41 PM
> > > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] chilling bulbs
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > I may be wrong here, as I've never tried to store bulbs in a home
> > > > fridge, but think I recall reading somewhere that this is not really
> > > > a good thing to do.  You'd be better off potting them up and putting
> > > > them in a place just about freezing or above for winter...or
plunging
> > > > the pots outside (best thing to do).  Then, in spring, you can just
> > > > plant the pots out as a group of bulbs into their permanent home.
> > > > Most spring flowering bulbs are building roots all winter and start
> > > > growing long before they surface, so need the time to do this, which
> > > > is why they are planted in the fall.
> > > >
> > > > I dug up a bunch of crocus in one of my wooden half barrels in early
> > > > Nov. and found they had new root growth about 2" long....just stuck
> > > > them back in the soil...but that goes to show what they're busy
doing
> > > > underground when we think it's too cold to do anything.
> > > >
> > > > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> > > > mtalt@hort.net
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> > > > ----------
> > > > > From: Theresa- yahoo <tchessie@yahoo.com>
> > > > >
> > > > > How long can you leave bulbs in the refrigerator?  I have lost my
> > > > mind
> > > > > picking out bulbs from Brent and Becky's and know I'll never get
> > > > them all
> > > > > planted with winter- so can I leave them in the fridge until next
> > > > spring and
> > > > > plan them then?
> > > > >
> > > > > Theresa
> > > >
> > >
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